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Fun, Festive Tutorial: How to Draw a Christmas Tree 4 Ways

‘Tis the season to create some holly jolly artwork! As the weather outside gets frightful, it’s perfect time to learn how to draw a Christmas tree. After all, you have holiday cards to write, gift envelopes to decorate and table cards to create.

How to draw a Christmas tree

An easy tutorial that will have you drawing adorable Christmas trees in no time!

Artwork via CakeSpy

Adorable hand-drawn Christmas trees can add a festive touch to any number of creative projects during the holidays. 

Here, we’ll guide you through an incredibly easy method to draw cartoon Christmas trees. Once you’ve mastered the basic method, you can take it further with suggestions for augmenting and “decorating” your trees by adding details, colors and shapes that make your drawing suit your unique style. 

How to draw a Christmas tree: the most basic method

This method is accessible to any level of artistic ability, yet creates a recognizable and effective Christmas tree. While this tutorial was created using pen and ink, you could use whatever medium you’d like. 

Step 1: 

Draw a somewhat skinny tall triangle. This is going to be the body of your Christmas tree. It’s really as easy as that!

Start with a triangle

Step 2: 

Add two lines below the triangle to form a simple trunk, and add a Christmas tree base. I do a kind of “planter” style base, but you can shape the base however you’d like, or even draw a snowy ground below. 

Add a base and trunk

Step 3:

Add a star on top (or whatever decoration you’d prefer to top your tree).

Add a star

Step 4: 

Augment the tree with decorations! While this will vary depending on your style and aesthetic, I like to start with a sash that zigzags down the tree to start, and then to dot the blank spaces with small circles that act as ornaments. 

Drawing Christmas Tree Decorations

Step 5:

Color it in using your favorite medium! See how easy it is to create a sweet holiday tree? 

Colored in tree

Take it to the next level

Now that you’ve mastered the basics, here are some ways in which you can personalize or augment your holiday tree. 

Textured tree

Instead of a straightforward triangle, draw the sides and bottom with irregular, slightly downward-facing zigzag lines. This will offer the suggestion of the texture of the tree. 

Textured tree

Three-tiered tree

Instead of drawing a single triangle, draw a stack of three. Draw a small triangle, and below it, two tiered triangles. “Decorate” in the same ways specified above. 

Three tiered tree

Three-tiered textured tree

This combines the previous two ideas, with three tiered textured triangles stacked atop one another. Once again, you can augment or “decorate” your tree in any number of ways. 

Textured tiered tree

Choose your own Christmas adventure

Now that you have a good understanding of the basic ways to draw a Christmas tree, the ball is in your court. You can add a backdrop with snowflakes, or create a holiday scene with presents piled under the tree. 

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How to Draw a Christmas Tree

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One Comment

Janis S. TheCookieMomster

These are really useful tips. They may seem to be basic, or generic, but this is how you learn to “look” at an image and are the first steps to learning to draw realistic images. Thanks for sharing Jessie! 🙂

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